It isn’t your imagination. March snowfall really was extraordinary. In fact, the snowfall received in the Lake Almanor Basin during March 2011 easily broke the old record for the month.
The monitoring site on the West Shore recorded a total of 131 inches of snowfall during March, which is now the new record for the month. That’s just an inch shy of 11 feet of snow, most of which arrived during the nine-day period March 18 – 26.
Department of Water Resources (DWR) hydrologists announced March 30 that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is 165 percent of the April 1 full season average.
“Recent storms have significantly contributed to the above-average snowpack, helping to stabilize California’s water supply for the year,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “While this is beneficial for California’s farms, businesses and communities, we remind residents to practice sensible water use and conservation as we transition to warmer weather.”